Barton, Vermont is named for Colonel (later General) William Barton, best known for having captured the British commanding General Robert Prescott, at Prescott’s Rhode Island headquarters in 1777. Prescott’s capture lessened the pressure on American General George Washington’s forces in New Jersey. Barton, Vermont’s namesake, General William Barton, later spent fourteen years in jail in Vermont for refusing to pay a public fine, although people that knew him believed he could have easily paid for it. Barton, VT – The Town Named After A Cheapskate!
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